His favorite saying was “I’ve got fishing to do”
Johnny Ray “J. R.” Robbins, cast his last line on Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Johnny was born January 2, 1947, in Georgetown, Texas to Fred Henry and Gladys Marie Robbins. He married Cynthia Ann Taylor on January 22, 1966.
He enlisted in the Army September 22, 1967. While serving his country with pride, he received many medals of honor, including the Purple Heart Award. He served in Vietnam as a crew chief and mechanic. He was honorably discharged on May 8, 1969 in Ft Stewart, Georgia where he and Cynthia stayed and welcomed their first child, James Ray. Later, he moved his family to San Angelo and they had their second child, Staci Marie.
From that time until his retirement in 2011, he made many friends. He worked for Havlik Roofing, Western Trailer, Bill Elliott Equipment, Monarch Tile, Handy Packing and finally Terrill Manufacturing. There was not much he didn’t know how to do. His trades included welding, refrigeration, electrical and mechanics. Just about anything that needed to be done, he could do it, or figure out how to do it.
Johnny enjoyed and lived for his fishing trips with the fishing club that he was a member of. He was also a member of the Concho Valley Bass club. When he wasn’t working or fishing, he loved competing in cook-offs where he won many awards.
With his love of horses, he and Cynthia built and ran a roping arena where they held many horse related competitions, as well as rented out stalls. He was active in and participated in various trail rides.
The last few years he had many illnesses, none of which he did not meet with courage and dignity.
Johnny is survived by his son, Jamie Robbins and wife, Tonnie of San Angelo; his daughter, Staci Marie Robbins of San Angelo; 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and one on the way, due in August; his brothers, Jerry Wayne Robbins and wife, Jan of Alabama, Mack McGinty and wife, Betty of Lockhart, Texas; his sister, Bari McGinty of Robert Lee, Texas, special uncle, Howard Jones of San Angelo, Texas, many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia, parents and step father, Calvin McGinty and one granddaughter.
Pallbearers will be Mike Kolster, Joe Kruse, Bill Elliott, Weldon Riley, Kent Terrill and George Mann. Honorary Pallbearers will be Howard Jones and Bubba Cowan.
Visitation will be held all day Friday, February 9, 2018, at the funeral home with family present from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Shaffer Funeral Home’s Pioneer Chapel with burial to follow in Pioneer Memorial Park behind the funeral home. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Grape Creek.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made at www.shafferpioneer.com